Mac :: Early 2008 Mac Pro Graphics Card - ATI Radeon HD 4870

Apr 6, 2009

I recently just purchased one of the early 2008 Mac Pro Desktops, model number MA970LL/A and am trying to upgrade the video card in it. It comes standard with an ATI Radeon HD 2600 xt, and I would like to upgrade to an ATI Radeon HD 4870. I don't know that it will work though, I know that the NVIDEA that comes standard in the early 2009 Mac Pro does not work in the early 2008 Model. Does anyone have any information on this or know if that will work?

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Apr 22, 2007

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Jan 29, 2010

I'm worried about too much heat and wearing out fans in both the card and my Mac.

Below are the conditions, but first:

-Is it normal for this kind of card to run ALL the time? How do I know if it's acting correctly?

-Given the heat and fan speed info below, are my Mac and internal drives OK?

-Am I risking any breakdowns? Due to heat or fans running too much... or?

-Do all graphics cards cause the fans to run like this? Is there a cooler card out there?

MacPro Xeon / Dual 2.66 processor / 4 GB RAM
Radeon HD3870 Card in Bottom slot
E-Sata card in top slot.
No other cards installed
4 Terabyte Internal Drives

Temperatures (in fahrenheit): (via iStat widget)
HardDrives: 110 / 104 / 108 / 97
CPU A: 95
CPU B: 92
Expansion Slots: 95
Ambient: 76

Fan Speeds:
Exhaust: 599
CPU Fan: 499
Power Supply: 599
HD/Expansion: 501

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IMac :: Won't Upgrade Graphics Card ATI Radeon 2600 Pro To Geforce 8800 GT

Nov 14, 2008

I purchased my Mac a few weeks ago, wanting to both upgrade my computer.......and play Diablo 3. I do always want the best out of my systems and the person who sold me the mac told me it would be fairly easy to upgrade the card...well he was wrong. He also told me a few days later not to worry about upgrading since the system is already great.

I went to a local Mac store and asked about the upgrade and found out it would be close to or above a grand for the part from Apple and the labor.

Heres the breakdown:

$875 - Card
$130 - Labor
$15 - Shipping (from apple)

Are there any other ways to find this part online cheaper and just hopefully pay for the labor?

I just really dont want to pay a grand just to upgrade my damn video card, and I know within the new year Apple will release a much better fast computer and I'll be mad. I really wish it wasn't such a hard upgrade.

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Jun 6, 2008

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Apr 20, 2012

I have a Mac Pro 3,1 (2008) 2 x 2.8 Quad core with ATI Radeon 2600 XT Dual DVI. I would like to replace this Card with something that has at least 1 HDMI out port that supports audio. I want to be able to use download/ iview features to watch TV shows on my HD LCD TV but sourced by the Macs browser. The Current card only has DVI ports and does not support any audio so when connected to the TV I get picture, but no sound.I see that the cards on the Apple store don't have HDMI out. 

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May 4, 2012

My 13-inch Macbook (Late 2008) currently uses the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M 256 MB graphics card, but I want to upgrade it, so that I can play games at a higher quality. Is this possible? If so, what graphics cards are compatible with my Macbook (Late 2008)?

Info:MacBook (13-inch Aluminum Late 2008), Mac OS X (10.7.3), 8 GB RAM

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IMac :: 24 Inch IMac Graphics Card To Ati Radeon

Sep 16, 2009

I recently read somewhere that I can actually change the graphics card on my mac. If so where can I buy the ATI Radeon 4850 graphics card? and how much will that set me back?And could I get this upgrade done by my local nextbyte retail store?If it is possible to have nextbyte upgrade my card would they send it off to apple?
I really just need this card so I can play aoe3 on all settings high and be able to handle games like cod4, quake and all those graphic hungry games.

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Mac :: Game On Pro With An ATI Radeon HD 4870?

Mar 19, 2009

Does anyone game on a Mac Pro with an ATI Radeon HD 4870? How is the performance? Can it play most games? I'd be gaming at 1920x1200.

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Mac Pro :: OEM Radeon 4870 Working On First Gen System

Mar 16, 2009

I installed the OEM Radeon HD 4870 in a First Generation "Clovertown" 3.0GHz 8-core Mac Pro. It's working. This is the model I mean (see right column). [URL]. I pulled the card from a Nehalem.) I booted from the drive that came with the Nehalem. (Easier than cloning the system or trying to get the drivers to copy over - which gave an error on boot.) It runs with no problems. I'm busily running 3D Game benchmarks which I will report back on later tonight or tomorrow morning.

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Jun 7, 2009

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Mac Pro :: Using Newly Installed Radeon 4870

Jun 10, 2009

I bought the PC version of the ATI Radeon HD 4870 and flashed it with the mac ROM. Everything went fine. I then moved the original card to slot 2 and put the new ATI card into slot one. I connected the monitor to the new ATI card and booted up. I get the apple logo, but after that, my monitor loses signal. If i plug the monitor into the original card (which is now in slot 2), it works fine. The desktop shows up. Any ideas on what is going on here? Is there anyway to check what hardware is installed in the computer? Any utilities?

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Mac Pro :: ATI Radeon 4870 Compatibility List

Oct 11, 2009

This a secondary thread of the ATI Radeon 4890 Compatibility List [URL] The goal of this thread is the same as the original thread, to give a proper list of what cards will and will not work on a Mac Pro. A quick recap for those too lazy (or without enough time) to read through that entire thread (please correct me if I misunderstood or have provided incorrect information, thanks):

1) Flashing will only work on REFERENCE CARDS (and only some reference cards for that matter), NOT overclocked or modified cards.

2) Dual DVI seems to work fine under Snowy (10.6.1), but your mileage may vary on older versions of Leopard depending on the card you are using.

3) Older versions of Sapphire and XFX seem to work, but newer revisions are being problematic. I read one instance of success with an HIS card...Diamond did not seem to work for that person (so he tried a HIS and it worked).

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Oct 16, 2010

So I have a ATI Radeon HD 4870 on my Mac Pro and a 26" HDTV and I want to use it as my second display and utilize it's speakers (to watch movies while I work). Can I send audio through a mini display port to HDMI connector from this card or will i have to buy a secondary cable to plug into the audio out jack? Also are there syncing concerns with the two connections (hdmi and auto cable)

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Dec 1, 2009

I have a 1,1 Mac Pro. Am I going to see a good difference in performance? I mainly do motion graphics and Photoshop related tasks. Gaming is secondary. Just wondering what your guys' thoughts are and if it's worth the price upgrade.

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Apr 10, 2010

So, I got a flashed ATI Radeon HD 4870 off eBay. It's running fine, but it revs for every little thing I do. Every time I scroll on a webpage...It's revving for every letter I type. The faster I type, the louder it gets. If I watch a video, it runs at high speed. The X1900 XT was quiet compared to this thing.It's like it's set to run the fan as high as it can for every little thing that happens. What do I do?

I also just tested it in WoW, and it was getting about 12FPS in Shattrath at full graphics. I think I remember my x1900 getting the same, if not better. Something's gotta be wrong. Now it's just constantly running its fans, and I'm not even doing anything. I'm on my Macbook. My Mac Pro is just sitting there, nothing but the Finder.I'm also not happy with the speed it renders video compared to my dinosaur x1900 XT. Not worth the upgrade. Could the ROM they flashed it with be bad?

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Mar 31, 2009

The ridiculously long thread title pretty much says it all. Is it possible to buy one of Apple's ATI Radeon 4870 cards with the mini-display port connection, install them in a PC, and then use the LED Cinema Display with a PC?

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Oct 8, 2009

So I have an Early 2009 Octocore 2.93 and I have a flashed ATI Radeo HD 4870 video card that is supposed to work on a PC but its flashed so it works on a mac. I know its not officially supported but the issue im running into is that the operating system cannot recognize the full resolution the HP LP3065 30 inch display is capable of. The display can run up to 2560x1600 on any other system but not with my ten thousand dollar machine. The windows side can display at the full resolution but Snow Leopard can only run 1280x800 and it makes the OS look like a pile of dog **** on sunday.

Anyone else run into this issue?

Heres the link btw to where this guy shows how to flash the card.


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Jul 29, 2009

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Nov 25, 2008

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Aug 6, 2010

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Can any of our GPU gurus hazard a guess at whether these will benefit those of us with flashed cards, or will they more likely brick them, or do we just not know until we test them?

I don't want to get my hopes up for improvements that might never happen!

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Dec 25, 2010

I have a few question for people who have upgraded to the ATI 5770 form the 8800GT.

It looks looks the install is pretty straight forward. But what type of performance upgrade can I expect? I use manly Photoshop, Lightroom and X-plane. Are there any hidden got-you's?

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Mar 1, 2010

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Apr 26, 2012

I want to use FCP 10 on my early 2008 Mac Pro, can I replace my ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT 256 MB with an ATI Radeon HD5770 graphics card to facilitate this?

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Mar 9, 2008

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Mar 12, 2012

I think something might be wrong with the video card. The fan is very loud at all times and gets louder on flash or video sites. The fan speed is usually double the other fans.

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Jul 10, 2009

I have been having an issue with my display lately and think it might be because of my graphics card. The display shows a "tail" of whatever is on the screen. So if you are looking at an edge of a window, that window edge will trail off to the side, creating a sort of ghost image. So I tried disconnecting the monitor and I plugged it into the other slot. That seemed to fix the the "Tail" temporarily. But, it made certain portions of the screen blurry. There are literally blurry patches. So I tried switching the connection again, and it just moved the blurriness.

Also, this is my second ATI Radeon HD 2600! Could it be a graphics card issue and if so, should I switch to the Nvidia option?

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May 4, 2008

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Oct 21, 2009

In the tech specs for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard it only lists the ATI Radeon 4850 and 4870 for supported graphics cards for OpenCL so does this new 4670 support OpenCL? I think it would be pretty silly to have the cheaper iMac with the GeForce 9400M support it but not the next step up with a dedicated card.

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Aug 3, 2010

I have a late 2009 27" iMac i7 with the Radeon 4850, I am running windows 7 64 bit on bootcamp for gaming. I was wanting to know if anybody has found which is the best performing graphics driver, I am currently using the driver installed via bootcamp 3.0, the driver from bootcamp 3.1 messed up the colour detail (would not display 32bit colours properly). Has anybody found a decent functional driver from ATI or have modded a driver for better performance? Those people who have successfully played top end games at high settings what driver do you use?

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